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Reversible Polarization Recording in As2S3–Se Multilayer Nanostructures

  • A. Yu. Meshalkin
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Abstract

Polarization holographic recording of diffraction gratings and their subsequent erasure have been investigated on As2S3–Se multilayer nanostructures. The work investigates how preexposure to actinic laser radiation up to complete photoinduced changes in the optical properties affects the formation of diffraction gratings in the studied structure. It is shown that the preexposure of an As2S3–Se multilayer nanostructure (MNS) leads to photobleaching, and the maximum achievable diffraction efficiency (DE) of 35% does not change; however, the required exposure value is increased. It is also shown that exposure using one laser beam results in complete erasure of the diffraction grating recorded up to the maximum. Seven recording–erasure cycles show that the kinetics of the increase in diffraction efficiency and its maximum value do not change, which indicates that the As2S3–Se multilayer structure is capable of reversible holographic recording under orthogonal circular polarization. Study of the gratings recorded with an atomic-force microscope shows that the main factor determining the diffraction efficiency value is modulation of the relief, the depth of which is greater than 200 nm.

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chalcogenide multilayer nanostructures reversible holographic recording direct surface relief formation diffraction efficiency 

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  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsChisinauRepublic of Moldova

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